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Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Articles

The Great Pretender

Sunday Telegraph, 28/02/2010 Remember Weekend at Bernie's? That wacky 80's movie where two blokes drag around a dead guy, pretending he is alive. Bernie goes to parties, plays monopoly and rides in a boat. The charade works and everyone falls for it. Tony Abbott is also... read more...


Keep Australia Working

Blog post on ALP.com.au More than 8 million Americans have lost their job in the past 12 months. In Spain unemployment has rocketed up from 8.8 per cent to over 19. In Europe unemployment has hit 10 per cent for the first time in more than a decade. Worldwide 27 million... read more...


Why Tony Abbott is a political base jumper

Sunday Telegraph, 31/01/2010 Base jumping is about as extreme as it gets. It's exciting. It's dangerous. You can't turn away when you see it on TV, probably because you know one day it's going to end badly. Tony Abbott is a political base jumper. Think about it: Base... read more...


This was the most important day of the year for our country

Sunday Telegraph, 29/11/09 It has been a corker of a year in Federal politics. Leadership challenges, climate change deniers, sauce bottle shakers and a little bloke called Godwin. It was also the year the Rudd Government held the economy together and the Liberals tore... read more...


Tackling the skills shortage with a Kickstart

Sunday Telegraph, 1/11/09 It's not often you meet a bloke named Kevin. A couple of months ago I met two in the same place. Kev the PM from Queensland and Kev the builder from Bankstown.The Prime Minister was in Bankstown to talk about jobs. Kev the builder told him the... read more...


Bring back that special Sunday afternoon in Spring

Sunday Telegraph, 04/10/09 Last Friday something terrible happened to me. On the eve of the big game between the Bulldogs and the Eels, I was accused by another Sydney newspaper of being a dogs fan. Now the Bulldogs are a great team, but they're not my team. I bleed blue... read more...


Making Cities Work

Chifley Research Centre Website 24/09/2009 My first memory of politics is my mum and dad telling me Gough Whitlam sewered Western Sydney. It might seem odd today but it was a big issue in 1972. It improved the lives of a lot of people and the places where they lived. "It was... read more...


Forgotten Australians – how would I feel if this were done to me?

Sunday Telegraph, 06/09/2009 Father's day is an important day. It's not just about getting the old man a new pair of socks or a new tie. It's a reminder (if we need one) of how important our dads are, and to thank them. But what's today like if you grew up without a father... read more...


A test of Turnbull's leadership

Sunday Telegraph, 08/08/2009 I feel sorry for Malcolm Turnbull. He's got a tougher job than Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations. It will be easier to get the world to agree to tackle climate change than the Opposition. There are some Opposition MPs who... read more...


Batting for Australia

Sunday Telegraph, 12/07/2009 As a kid I dreamt of playing cricket for Australia. I spent a lot of long afternoons chasing a red leather ball around the hot and dusty cricket fields of western Sydney. To be honest I still dream of playing for Australia, but when The Ashes... read more...